Open Journal of Nursing

Volume 6, Issue 2 (February 2016)

ISSN Print: 2162-5336   ISSN Online: 2162-5344

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Effects of a Nurse-Led Educational Intervention for Chinese Adult Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis: A Case-Control Study

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DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2016.62012    3,385 Downloads   4,029 Views  

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of an individual nurse-led educational intervention for patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). This was a case-control study. The case group consisted of six individual educational sessions delivered by a nurse. A total of 40 patients with PsA joined in this study: the case group (n = 20) and the control group (n = 18). After a 6-week intervention, the case group had significantly better management for the severity of arthritis symptoms (p < 0.05), better psychological well-being and significant lower levels of anxiety (p < 0.05), and depression score (p < 0.01), and reported better improvement of physical and psychological domain of quality of life (QOL) (both p values < 0.05) than the control group. In conclusion, this nurse-led individual education intervention has statistically significant benefits for the management of clinical symptoms of arthritis and for psychological well-being and QOL in patients with PsA.

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Cai, B. , Xin, T. , Yan, A. , Wu, L. and Wang, L. (2016) Effects of a Nurse-Led Educational Intervention for Chinese Adult Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis: A Case-Control Study. Open Journal of Nursing, 6, 110-114. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2016.62012.

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